After an evening filled with outstanding riding, it was finally TSG’s Iouri “iPod” Podlatchikov who won the Arctic Challenge title, ahead of Chinese Yiwei Zhang and the Japanese shooting star Ayumu Hirano.
When Iouri returned to Oslo this week he was determent to defend his title as the World Champion, and so he did. His winning run was highly technical, combined with great hight and style consisting of the following:
A skyhigh frontside 900, followed by a backside 900 mute, frontside 1080 tailgrab and with the finale hit of a giant cab doublecork 1080 mutegrab, a run which gave him a total score of 90.2 points.
Iouri commented: “The Arctic Challenge is a contest that I used to wait for, because it’s always been in the end of the season and it’s always been on a high level; of technical difficulty and also a high level on style. I am very proud that we still represent that today; really represent snowboarding the way that it should be – for example those big Backside Airs and some really really good grabs that you don’t see often, that’s important to me. And to be the winner right now is just insane! I’m excited to ride more contests with Ayumu in it; he’ll obviously be there in the future. There are not too many riders that have a little bit of skate style. I’m a skater and he’s a skater. I really like to watch people that have a little bit of skate style in their riding. So excited about that, and I hope that he’ll develop his tricks even more.”
Anne-Flore Marxer sat down with a Redbull journalist and tells you everything from sneaking out from her parents house to go snowboarding as a teenager to how it feels riding the big mountains she does nowadays.
The newest all-female snowboard movie by Peepshow, WINTER WARS, is now available for download on iTunes. The 3rd movie by Peepshow Films, features a crew of raw, real, and dangerously fearless girls who take adventure in pushing the boundaries of women’s snowboarding taking it beyond the park into the streets and backcountry. Featuring: TSG’s Silvia Mittermüller, Annie Boulanger, Bryn Valaika, Celia Miller, Claudia Avon, Colleen Quigley, Danyale Patterson, Darrah Reid-Mclean, Desiree Melancon, Gabi Viteri, Hana Beaman, Jess Kimura, Laura Hadar, Madison Blackley, Marie Hucal, Gabby Maiden, Robin Van Gyn
“Peepshow has always strived to show different aspect of women’s snowboarding. With the release of Winter Wars on iTunes, more people will have access to watch the adventures snowboarding has to offer. Additionally it will greatly help us spread our passion with the boarding enthusiast.” said June Bhongjan, Co-Founder and Director of Peepshow Films
With clear domination, and outstanding performance in the superfinal, Elias Elhardt won the 5Star Relentless Big Air Stuttgart presented by Quiksilver.
‘It’s obviously super cool to win in your home country, the crowd went wild. It’s both the first and last contest for me this season, as I will concentrate on filming. Therefore it couldn’t have been a better day.’ says favorite Elias Elhardt, who won the contest with his Frontside 360 Stalefish – Frontside Boardslide run for style, and a Frontside 900 Melon – 270 Frontside Boardslide on his technical run. With these two runs combined, Elias had the highest score in the super final.
Victor de le Rue (FRA) grabbed 2nd place with the best combination of style and tech runs. 3rd place went to current TTR Big Air World Tour leader Roope Tonteri (FIN).
Current freeride world champion 2011 Anne-Flore Marxer has already been wearing TSG’s helmet and protection gear when she unleashed her spectacular run at the Extreme de Verbier contest as part of the Freeride World Tour 2011.
Anne-Flore is known for her open-minded attitude and energetic character. She just loves to rock wherever she is, whether it’s in the park, in the backcountry or on the disco dance floor. She is 100 percent all the time, making her a valuable and suitable member of TSG’s international pro team.
More than 20 cover shots for both snowboarding and mainstream magazines, as well as countless video segments are proof of her talent. Transworld Snowboarding elected her Rookie of the Year 2006. She then set out to collect another set of titles, among them second Most Influential Female Snowboarder of all times (Slack Magazine), Best International Rider and French Rider of the Year. Plus in 2010, Anne-Flore was the second most important Swiss person on the internet behind Roger Federer.
We are super happy to welcome Anne-Flore to our team. She is not only a great and extremely talented ambassador of our brand but she is also involved in product development. We are all inspired by her communicative personality and her valuable experience which she brings along to push our women’s line.
Anne-Flore rides with the Lotus snowboard helmet and Evolution skate helmet as well as the new women’s protectors collection. And she is currently working on a design for her new pro model helmet in 2012/13.